Churkin: Russia will present on February 11 in Munich proposals about the ceasefire regime

Churkin: Russia will present on February 11 in Munich proposals about the ceasefire regime


The UN, 5 February. /Corr. Oleg Zelenin/. Russia at the meeting of the International support group in Syria in Munich on 11 February, will present new ideas concerning the settlement of the conflict between Damascus and the opposition. This was stated to journalists by the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the UN Vitaly Churkin on the results of the closed-door meeting of the Security Council.

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“We are preparing some ideas about how to push the process, including issues related to the ceasefire regime”, – the diplomat said.

He also said that Russia cannot unilaterally stop its air campaign in Syria, while continuing attacks by armed opposition groups and coalition airstrikes led by the United States.

“We can’t stop it (the bombing) unilaterally, he said. What about opposition groups? They will stop? What about the US-led coalition? They will stop?” According to the diplomat, “all these issues must be discussed” at the talks, as well as the problem of humanitarian access to the population.

Negotiations on Syria in Geneva have been weakened by the fact that they, under pressure from Turkey were not allowed representatives of the Syrian Kurds, also said Churkin.

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According to him, Russia is disappointed that in the result the delegation of the opposition was not represented, as prescribed in the Geneva communiqué of 2012 and adopted in December the Security Council resolution 2254 in support of the Vienna process. “The negotiations were eased by the fact that Turkey has opposed the participation of the Kurds. They are a part of the country and should participate in the negotiations,” the diplomat said.

In addition, he drew attention that in discussions were not able to fully participate representatives of the internal Syrian opposition, which in the past months gathered in Moscow and Cairo. The delegation of opposition members from Riyadh, came to Geneva not to negotiate but to impose conditions.

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